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FLETC implements new Anti-Terrorism/Port Security Boat Operators Training

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2005

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Driver and Marine Division
implemented a new training program for the Anti-Terrorism/Port Security Boat
Operators Training Program beginning this fiscal year.

FLETC conducted the pilot curriculum August 29 thru September 2.  The
training was attended by Federal, State, and local Marine Law Enforcement
Officers from Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, Texas and Maine.

The Anti-Terrorism/Port Security Boat Operators Training Program (ATPSBOTP)
is a one-week program designed to instruct the experienced marine law
enforcement officer in advanced skills required to operate vessels in
anti-terrorism/port security operations. This course of instruction provides
students the ability to recognize potential terrorist targets, possible delivery
methods and actions, which might indicate potential terrorist or criminal
activity.  Instructors also teach the use of accepted terminology and tactics
consistent with the Department of Homeland Security standards and U.S. Coast
Guard policy and procedures.

"This course gives other Federal, State and local Marine Law Enforcement
Officers a standard level of training, which will allow them to become force
multipliers for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Homeland Security mission," said Billy
McLeod, lead instructor with FLETC’s Driver and Marine Division.